Paper Shooters – 2nd Attempt!

They’re back!  In case you haven’t heard already, Paper Shooters returned, and is taking another shot at getting funded via indiegogo.

Back in April, I wrote about their first campaign, outlining it was a plastic blaster/shooter/model kit that used paper wads similar to Max Force ammo.  As you’ll recall, I mentioned continuously in my initial analysis that Paper Shooters was not to be perceived as most other blasters, for a couple of reasons:

1)  You had to build it out of the box; this is a construction/model kit first and foremost (according to the literature I’ve run across) and the play experience/target shooting aspect is secondary.  The functionality just adds to the experience of building the shooter.  You are responsible for the success of your own tools depending on how much care you spent building it.  Modders can understand that, I think.  And on top of that, Paper Shooters is ok with modifications performed to their kits, reinforcing the “model/construction aspect.”

2) While it was a plastic blaster, there was a specially treated water resistant cardboard skin/arrangement of sorts that was part of the external assembly around the plastic skeleton.  Essentially, you can mix and match the skins (if you had the multiple versions available.  But, that could get costly.)

3) Shells.  The magazines hold 8 shells (last I heard, and from the looks of the indiegogo acct.) and while these are supposed to hit 75′, shells might be problematic for someone looking to these for the typical blaster play experience.  Buzz Bee shells were problematic in that once you ran out of shells, you had to reload them AND locate each one to get your ammo capacity back.  Nerf magazines are limited as well, but much easier to keep track of (although bulky).  So I wouldn’t expect to use this in a typical Nerf war, maybe more for target practice or office hijinks against other folks who had Paper Shooters.

These are a few of the skins available (taken directly from the Indiegogo site), and like I said, getting started owning these shooters can get quite costly.  While the perks from the campaign include ammo, and a mould to make more paper ammo, the initial investment might be a little much.  But if you are a fan of building models, this might be right up your alley with the construction challenge and THEN you have a functioning shooter as well.  (I believe the box is STILL supposed to assemble into a zombie head, but I could be wrong or that has changed.

Either way, it’s still an interesting concept as far as getting one involved in the construction side of blaster building (if they aren’t already modding), but unless the campaign succeeds it doesn’t look like we’ll know anything solid about the products.  While the video shows what I’m guessing is a prototype that looks like it functions pretty solidly, that’s all we have to work off of, and the faith that is inherent with crowdfunding.  Should you decide to back them, it would definitely seem like you’re in for a very different experience than most other shooter kits on the market currently.  Until they’re out and funded, there’s really nothing to demo here.  But, at the very least you’re aware of this creation!

Also, if you have your doubts about how good cardboard can look, I leave you with these links:

NEW PRODUCT: Paper Shooters!

First, let’s start with the video:

Ok?  Ready?  Let’s jam.

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I caught wind of Paper Shooters on twitter and instagram, they seemed interesting enough.  Behold, a triggered paper wad shooter!  While the paper wad part brought back memories of the Shadow Hawk/Max Force line, they looked like replica M4 rifles and had a trigger… not to mention these things were supposedly made out of cardboard.  You know the motto around these parts, “If you can fire it, I will try it.”

Right off the bat, this line isn’t fully in production yet.  On Friday, their indiegogo page goes live – – and from there you can pre-order your own shooter kit.  As stated in the video, they need to cover some further costs on die-cutting parts of the kits so that’s where the donations come in.

The team was nice enough to send along a bit of info:

Included in each kit:

 – Plastic shape (skeleton) and all internal mechanics, rivets, springs etc
 – Layer one Camo Skin (with rivets/ screws to attach to plastic)
 – Layer two Camo Skin (glues onto layer one to add significant detail)
 – A Magazine- additional Mags available
 – 8 Gold Shells with 50 pcs of pre made ‘soft splat’ paper ammo
 – Mould to make ‘soft splat’ ammo from ordinary paper (never need run out of pellets)
 – Zombie head target (this is a cardboard model head- made from the box itself)
“Everything is included in the box. It uses screws and a patented ‘rivet’ ststem. An ordinary rivet cannot be opened when fixed but the ones utilsed in our kits can. We include a tool so you can ‘un pop’ them and change the skins, pieces etc. Glue/ screwdriver etc all included!” 

 Price: Around $50-$60 – 
Target Audience: Ages 14+

Digital Ops, Golden Touch, and Zombie Slayer Skins

Anyone else love unlocking the “Golden Gun” in Goldeneye on the N64?

The Ammo!  (It does look similar to the Max Force paper wads…)
Requires to be set inside a casing, THEN placed inside the magazine.

First, this isn’t the typical fare of shooter/blaster we’re used to seeing.  These are construction kits moreso than a toy (think like making a model plane) where the end product is a replica (of sorts) of an m4 rifle.  But this actually has a function and shoots projectiles.  In this case, wet paper wads.  The experience of building is the sell before target practice.  If you mod your toy blasters, you know what I’m talking about.  The kit is your starting ground.  You have the option to build your blaster from the ground up (albeit being handed the pieces), craft your own ammo with the mould included, and customize as more pieces are available.

I’m not sure this qualifies as a blaster toy.  It’s a creative experience first, followed by the play.  Additionally, it’s geared to 14+, NOT within the usual range of 8+ like most of the other blasters I write about (I believe BlasterPro was aged 14+ as well.)  I’d qualify these as a type of display piece/model, that you can play with.  While these are modeled after an actual firearm, they are scaled smaller(like an airsoft rifle might be), have the visible orange tip, and colored in atypical designs.  While they do fire, the rate of fire is slow compared to current toy blasters (bolt-action, no slam fire, it uses casings to hold the paper wads which eject after each shot, etc.) good for some hijinks in the office and target practice but until I get these in-hand I can’t attest to the actual experience of these in use.  Between the casings and the rate of fire, it is at a distinct disadvantage for most of the ways I play dart tag.

The base of the model is plastic but then decorated and finished off with the cardboard accents.  Word has it the cardboard on the exterior will be treated specially to make it more durable than regular cardboard.  Again, should I get my hands on these I’ll test for sure. 

Pricing – admittedly $50-$60 is a bit steep, but when you think that buying additional paper wad ammo packs isn’t necessary (you can make your own from scrap paper, but additional magazines and casings will be available), that’s one thing you save on, and you get a very nice looking replica you made yourself.  AND A HUMAN ZOMBIE HEAD TARGET MADE FROM THE BOX.  But in this case, the value is all on what you’re into.  This is an interesting level of customization and ‘smithing right out of the box in regards to Things That Shoot, so I’m intrigued to say the least.

So you build your own shooter, then what?  If the indiegogo does well, they have plans for an RPG, “Call of Duty”-type crossbow, additional sights and accessories, and stronger internal mechs and springs to add to your models after some time.  So, you start with these and then continue to upgrade as pieces are made available.  This only happens though if they have enough support!  When the page goes live Friday, if this seems right up your alley, go for it.  It looks great aesthetically, and the creative process of crafting your own shooter and ammo (from paper scraps, no FBR or additional materials necessary) might interest you creative types.  Give them a look, and if they get to their pre-order target I’ll hopefully be back with a proper live test/review of these things when they’re available. 

Bottom line:

For the 14+ crowd
Jury is still out on playability
VERY STRIKING aesthetically
Offers a creative element usually only experienced in the mod community (build your own)
Pricey, but full of potential in customization and future product offerings
Indiegogo preorders must be made for this to come out